I'd like to start off by saying this is my first build ever, so please be noob friendly. I have assembled my first computer using the Gigabyte Radeon 7970 and the Gigabyte z77x-ud5h motherboard.
Everything seems to work except for my gpu. I have concluded it is this because my integrated graphics work just fine. Basically when I try to start my computer with the GPU plugged in, I am told on my monitor that it is receiving no signal and it turns off. I'm currently baffled as to what to do. I don't think the GPU is DOA because it turns on and the fan spins, or at least I've heard it do so before.
Please ask me questions if it will help diagnose the problem. I am desperate to get this fixed ASAP.
Edit: I have already installed Windows 7, booting up with the integrated gpu.
An update - I think when I was getting that error my GPU was not plugged in. Now whenever it's plugged in the computer starts on but the monitor acts like the computer was turned on, it doesn't automatically awake from sleep like normally and when I press the power button I get a message saying VGA no signal
This sounds like a DOA graphics card assuming your primary graphics adapter is set to PCI-e (and not PCI) in the BIOS. I'd try completely disabling the integrated graphics, and then if you still receive no video signal from the GPU, I'd RMA the card.
In BIOS for the setting "Init Display First" I get the options IGFX, PEG, PCI, and Auto. No matter what I set it to when I come back it seems to be on Auto.
Maybe if I'm not seeing PCI-E because my graphics card is not plugged in, but if it was, I wouldn't be able to see the BIOS screen anyway.
Are you using old IDE drives? You probably want to go into BIOS and select LOAD DEFAULT SETTINGS or something, then LOAD OPTIMIZED SETTINGS.
Make sure your HDD is set to AHCI not IDE.
Install your OS
Go into Bios and set PEG as default GPU (make sure to install the GPU and plug it in
Swap your VGA cable and see if you get an OS screen, if you get back to the missing bootmgr thing , go back into BIOS and make sure the HDD is AHCI and is set to be your boot drive.
Have Fun !!
Selecting PEG as default allowed me to boot up with the gpu plugged in, looks like it's using it too because the drivers look horrible XD and I already updated my int. gpu drivers to look normal and this is NOT looking like the int. gpu drivers so I think it's going to work good.
Now I'm looking and I don't see my hard drive being detected... all I can say is that it's hopefully not too long before this nightmare of a build is over.... 12 hours and counting now
Edit: How can I be sure it's my graphics card that is running and not the integrated graphics?
I had this problem.
Download drivers for your 7970.
Go to device manager and disable integrated graphics.
Go to device manager and uninstall integrated graphics.
Hook monitor up to video card and it should work.
EDIT-Never mind you got it fixed.